Papers of Revd. Henry Clarke

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      GB 161 MSS. W. Ind. r. 10
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  • Physical Description
      9 volumes on 3 reels of microfilm

Scope and Content

Microfilm of diaries, dealing with family and social life, humanitarianconcerns and spiritual matters, 1847-1907.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Revd. Henry Clarke (1828-1907) emigrated to Jamaica in 1847 to take upa teaching post. During the next 60 years he became an Anglican cleric,a member of the legislative council, a businessman and inventor. In 1873he initiated the Westmoreland Building Society, an eventual cornerstone ofthe Jamaica Public Building Society. Dedicated to improving the position ofex-slaves and their descendants, he was also learned in the classics, french andgeography. He was married to Jane Lister, with whom he had eleven children.

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Bodleian reader's ticket required. No access without written permission from one of the authorised family representatives. Contact the library in the first instance.


Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 776 in Manuscript Collections in RhodesHouse Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library,1996).

Alternative Form Available

Two sets of microfilm are held by the principal authorised familyrepresentatives of Revd. Clarke.

Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without written permissionfrom one of the authorised family representatives. Contact the library in the first instance.

Related Material

The library holds five volumes of The Journal of Henry Clarke,comprising a typescript version of his autobiography; two volumes of typedtranscripts of letters, 1855-1876; three volumes of photocopied letters,1877-1888. It also holds My Mother who fathered me. A study of thefamilies in three selected communities of Jamaica, etc. by EdithClarke (London, George Allen &; Unwin, 1957). Letters of Henry Clarkecan also be found in the papers of the Anti-Slavery Society, held by the library.

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